Our major project has been to build a secondary school in Mtitu, named the Mount Calvary Secondary School. Mtitu had a primary school serving its 600 children, but there is no state secondary education in Tanzania so it was only the lucky few who could afford boarding school who were able to get a secondary education.
The foundations for the school were laid in 2006 and building continued as fundraising allowed.
In 2010 Aidan O'Neill, the nephew of the founder of the Mtitu Foundation, was tragically killed in a road accident, aged 12. His family held a memorial concert which raised over £2500 for Mtitu and enabled the completion of the first school block, named in Aidan's memory. The school recruited its first students in February 2012, and was formally opened in November 2012 by Aidan's parents and brother.
The second block was started at the beginning of 2013 and it is hoped to complete and open it in 2015.
There are big plans for the school; it is hoped that there will eventually be 8 teaching blocks, a library, laboratory and a reception area.